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Rook Don’t Kill My Vibe

Rook Don’t Kill My Vibe

En route to another hard fought victory, Chicago Bulls’ intense big man Joakim Noah wanted to cap off a play with a chest bump. Sadly rookie Tony Snell was as lively as Derrick Rose. Or Kawhi Leonard. Or Eeyore. It’s all good though.

Steve Nash: The Finish Line

Steve Nash: The Finish Line

The first episode of Grantland’s documentary series on NBA player Steve Nash. Now at the twilight of his career, the two-time MVP is beset with injuries and the realities of aging. But he’s not ready to give up just yet.

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Fourth Grade Baller

Fourth Grade Baller

Nine-year old Jaden Newman is only in fourth grade, but she’s a member of the high school women’s basketball team. She averages 14.8 PPG and 7.5APG. Their opponent’s defense sucks, but her hot hands and handles are for real.

ESPN 2013 Best of YouTube

ESPN 2013 Best of YouTube

ESPN’s top sports videos of the year includes Doug Anderson’s whirlwind slam dunk, the behind the back three point shot and this kid running over a puny football defense. We can think of at least five videos they missed though.

Fastbreak with Flair

Fastbreak with Flair

The Memphis Tigers’ men’s basketball team did their best Globetrotters impression during their latest game against the SE MO Redhawks. They got a steal, pulled off three different touch passes then capped it off with a dunk.

Top 10 NBA Dunks of 2013

Top 10 NBA Dunks of 2013

The NBA recounts its picks for the most epic dunk shots of the past year. While Kobe and LeBron are impressive, Xavier Henry’s basket at number six is a thing of beauty, and we think it should have been number one.

Mike Woodson Reaction Reel

Mike Woodson Reaction Reel

Nearly seven minutes of New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson being depressed. On one hand, with enough footage you could make any coach look miserable. On the other hand, all of this is from this season. Also the Knicks are miserable.

Behind the Back

Behind the Back

William Byrd High School player Marvey’o Otey pulled off this incredible (or incredibly lucky) behind the back shot as he tried to keep the ball from going out of bounds. His forward momentum sent him clear out of the gym.

NBA: Welcome Back Kobe

NBA: Welcome Back Kobe

NBA welcomes its aging superstar back to the fold, the future hall of famer and five-time champ Kobe Bryant, who just recovered from a career-threatening injury. The tribute is worth watching even if you’re not a fan of the Black Mamba.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite

Nike Kobe 9 Elite

The Kobe Elite 9 has a single piece Flyknit and Flywire upper, Lunarlon midsole and a carbon fiber heel counter. The idea for the ultra high cut kicks came to Kobe while watching boxer Manny Pacquiao train. Available 2/8/14.

NBA 2K14: Momentous

NBA 2K14: Momentous

Crossovers, clutch shots and comical celebrations abound in the latest commercial for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K14, giving us the number one reason to get with the next-gen: Kent freakin’ Bazemore.

Leather Head Lace-up Basketball

Leather Head Lace-up Basketball

A great gift for hoops fans, the Naismith-style lace-up ball is a replica of early basketballs. It has a leather shell, a rubber bladder and a rawhide lace. It’s a bit bigger and heavier than today’s balls, but it’s perfectly functional.

The Shot Clock Chant

The Shot Clock Chant

Michigan State students fooled their basketball team’s opponent into committing a shot clock violation twice by incorrectly counting down the shot clock. Trolls? Sure, but it’s not like the actual clock is hidden from players.

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Longest Basketball Shot

Longest Basketball Shot

Harlem Globetrotter rookie Corey Law proves the teams’ hoop skills are nothing to laugh at. He managed to hit the basket dead on from 109 ft., 9 in. While we’ve seen longer unofficial baskets, Corey’s was vetted by Guinness World Records.

NBA 2K14: Uber Trailer

NBA 2K14: Uber Trailer

A look at the features available in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of NBA 2K14. Enjoy updates about actual events in the league, more in-depth Career and General Manager modes and of course the sweet new graphics.

Jingle Hoops

Jingle Hoops

By rigging a couple of nets with bells an all-star lineup of NBA players are able to ring in the holiday season and the announcement of Special Edition Christmas Day Uniforms becoming available at the NBA Store.

Sky High Putback Dunk

Sky High Putback Dunk

College of Central Florida’s 6’7″ Javonte Douglas jams in an insane putback dunk. His neck went above the freakin’ rim. Looks like the players below him accidentally gave him a boost, but he couldn’t have planned that.

Uncle Drew: Chapter 3

Uncle Drew: Chapter 3

Kyrie Irving’s alter ego tries to recruit his fellow point guard Lights, but the man’s wife won’t allow it. They need to teach the youngblood though, so they go out and ball anyway. Also starring Nate Robinson and Maya Moore.

The Awkward Handshake Report

The Awkward Handshake Report

A couple of years ago Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love and Wesley Johnson exchanged the infamous awkward handshake. It turns out the Wolves actually “looked” into it. This is some The Onion-level stuff right here.

Bad British Basketball Commentary

Bad British Basketball Commentary

After totally befuddling us with their commentary on baseball, the Brits from TheExplodingHeads appear to have no idea how basketball works either. Though we will forever refer to field goals as “figs” from now on.

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NBA 2K14: Next-Gen Characters

NBA 2K14: Next-Gen Characters

Of course what really matters is if the gameplay is solid, but if you’re handing over the next-gen basketball crown strictly on the basis of realistic character models and physics, NBA Live 14 is gonna have a tall hill to climb against 2K14.

NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14

The king of basketball games teams up with the King of basketball. NBA 2K14 features improved passing, shooting and low post offense and defense. It also has a story mode where you help LeBron James get his coveted seven rings.

Adidas D Rose 4

Adidas D Rose 4

Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is finally ready to play. The D Rose 4 will be helping him in his comeback season. It has a lightweight synthetic leather upper, padded ankle and midsole and insole cushioning.

Hoop Tracker

Hoop Tracker

The Hoop Tracker is a smart watch for basketball players. It tracks your shot percentage with the help of a wireless shot detector that you attach to the basketball rim. It can provide both real-time and long term feedback.

How to Basketball

How to Basketball

We’re not sure how anyone can toss basketballs this fast, let alone put almost every one in the hoop. It’s too bad that all he could probably afford with the tickets he won was a pack of temporary tattoos and a Beanie Baby.

Adidas D Howard 4

Adidas D Howard 4

New season, new team, new shoes (and hopefully a new attitude as well). The Adidas D Howard 4 will be available starting 11/01/13, although you can take your chances on eBay right now. Check it out in Rockets’ colors here.

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